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The Prime Minister of New Zealand, 76 year old Walter Nash, arrives in Sri Lanka on a three day state visit. Government officials, cabinet ministers and delegats greet Mr Nash at the airport, before he meets with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister at his home.

Mr Nash is received by the Minister of Food and Agriculture at the Milk Board Central Dairy. Officials of the milk board show the Prime Minister around the milk processing plant and they view the milk bottling system. Mr Nash samples chocolate flavoured milk.

A procession along a new road, established with assistance from New Zealand, leads to the School for Dental Nurses. The Minister of Health thanks NZ for the aid they’ve donated. Mr FB Rice also addresses the crowd. Mr Nash declares the dental nurses’ training school open. New Zealand contributed £51,000 for building and £10,000 for training and supplies.
Scenes of dental nurses training.

Mr Nash visits a temple, the palladium of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. He views the country’s priceless jewellery, gifted over the centuries. He moves onto the University and Royal Botanic Gardens followed by an official reception and press conference.

New Zealand citizens living in Ceylon farewell Mr Nash at the airport.

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Year 1957

Reference number F4445

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production SRI LANKA

Genre Newsreel

Duration 0:05:04

Production company Government Information Dept.

Credits Producer: George Wichremesingift

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